PlayStation 3 XMB Plus Open Source Equals Awesomeness

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280w ago - The PlayStation 3 can probably be considered one of the most customizable consoles on the market. With the ability to upgrade you HDD, use external USB devices, Bluetooth peripherals, install open source operating systems (Linux/Unix) and freely customize your own XMB theme, the PS3 gives users a freedom of choice that was never previously established in console gaming until this generation.

Not to say that it's really "open" in the sense where programmers, like myself, don't really have the ability to access any hardware acceleration in the RSX because of restrictions by a hypervisor (software systems that run directly on the PS3 as a hardware control and guest operating system monitor) in the available Linux/Unix flavors; this limits any 3D operations that can be done on the PS3 whilst running Linux.

But gamers don't really need to worry about crap like that. That's reserved more for the bewildered geeks that get a stiffy trying to comprehend the internal workings of any system - let alone the PS3.

But what if Sony took off the shackles currently limiting user control of the PS3? What if Sony decided to give users the ability to fully customize and control their interactivity and interface?

To finally change that sonata chime at startup to something more you (not...
 

Introducing PULSE Presented by Sony PlayStation Network

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280w ago - PlayStation Network Executive Producer Kevin Furuichi shared the following via PS Blog:

For fans wanting even more ways to stay connected and in the know on PlayStation news and updates, we launched a new original program, PULSE presented by PlayStation Network available on PlayStation.com.

Note: Video can be seen by clicking the PULSE link above or downloaded from Sony's server HERE.

PULSE, a part of our continuous push to provide original video programming, is a video showcase about what's happening in the world of PlayStation. The program features new Blu-ray disc and PlayStation Network releases from the PlayStation Store, including games, demos, movies and television series available for your PS3 and PSP.

Check out PULSE at work, at home, or on the go with the PSP, appearing every other week on PlayStation.com.

We hope you enjoy the show.
 

Killzone 2 Only Using 60% of PlayStation 3 SPU's Overall Power?

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280w ago - Speaking in IGN's latest Play Beyond podcast, Jeff Haynes revealed that even during the heaviest loads, Killzone 2 utilizes roughly only 60 per cent of the PlayStation 3 SPU's.

"It's incredible to see huge levels and see the deferred rendering and note that on all the SPU's, even on the heaviest load were coming up to about 60%," Haynes said.

"They weren't coming close to maxing out. They had about 40% of space before they started tripping or saw slow down on some of the processes."

Furthermore, Haynes noted that the preview codes recently distributed to various media outlets were of an alpha build of the title, and have since been polished up. Visiting Guerilla Games in Amsterdam, Haynes was shown an updated version of the game, mid to late beta, noting that elements such as lighting, cut scenes, glitches, load times, have all been optimized.

Killzone 2 is due out exclusively on PlayStation 3 on February 27, 2009.
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for December 5, 2008

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280w ago - Another weekend is upon us, and once again PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen shared the following via PS Blog:

Hi again! The weekend's here - time for your weekly update of new movie & TV shows on the PlayStation Network.

This week we've added new video content from the following television series:

• Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - Season 2
• Fringe - Season 1
• Nip/Tuck - Season 1
• Pushing Daisies - Season 2
• Watchmen - Season 1
• American Dad - Season 4
• Bones - Season 4
• Chuck - Season 2
• It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 4
• Prison Break - Season 4
• Smallville - Season 8
• Sons of Anarchy - Season 1
• The Unit - Season 4
• Xam'd: Lost Memories - Season 2

We've also added the following feature films:

• X-Files: I Want to Believe
• Step Brothers (rate & unrated)
• Bam Margera Presents: Where the %^#% is Santa?
• The Prince and Me: A Royal Honeymoon
• The Notebook
• The Grudge 2
• Superman: The Movie (Special Edition)
• Shelter Me
• Picture This
• Oh God
• Mailbu's Most Wanted
• Dot The I
 

Benchmark Proves PlayStation 3 is the Best Blu-ray Player

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280w ago - A benchmark test on Blu-ray players has recently been conducted by Blu-ray.com, and findings based on the results indicate that overall the PlayStation 3 is the best Blu-ray player out there.

It out performed all its competitors, and the fact that the PS3 doubles up as a game console makes it the best choice if you want a Blu-ray player.

To quote: The results were a bit surprising, to tell the truth, since they proved that actually, Sony's PS3 was pretty much THE best Blu-ray player out there, out-performing each and every one of its competitors in just about all of the tests mentioned above.

Add that to the extra functionality it provides and Sony's claims that the PS3 is all that one needs within one's home entertainment center don't seem that farfetched anymore, especially given the fact that the price tag of the PS3 is actually lower than those of many of its competitors from the test.
 







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